The speed of fright: research in a six minute slideshow

by Rob McNeil

The joy of academia, for many, is the attention to detail. The sort of attention to detail that allows us to luxuriate over the minutiae and nuances of an issue for hours, days, months, years – sometimes even entire lifetimes.

Most people, of course, don’t have this luxury so, for the 2018 ESRC Festival of Social Science, we decided to try to speed things up a bit.

In fact, we decided to get 11 speakers to explain everything you could possibly want to know about the fiendishly complex issue of EU migration in just 72 minutes… Continue reading

Discovering diet and exploring eating with UK teenagers

Peter Hovard 150Dr Peter Hovard is currently working as a Behavioural Insights Consultant, and was previously part of the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) team based at NatCen.

As part of the ESRC’s Festival of Social Science 2016, the NDNS team ran an interactive session with a group of teenagers studying AS-level sociology. Here Peter explains how the students got involved and what made the day successful.

Children are not meeting many health targets, with teenagers being the main offenders with unhealthy eating. In fact, using figures from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS), Cancer Research UK calculated that UK teenagers drink enough fizzy drinks to fill a bathtub each year. Continue reading

The makings of a successful Festival event

The ESRC Festival of Social Science  aims to promote and increase awareness of social sciences and ESRC’s research, with events focused on engaging the public and young people with social science research.

With the 2016 ESRC Festival of Social Science fast approaching, Dr Christopher Deeming, Chancellor’s Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, reflects on running an event and some of the “the dos and don’ts” you may wish to consider.

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Organising a large event for the Festival of Social Science requires hard work and planning, which can sometimes feel overwhelming. But, a great starting point is to identify your audience and format, you will be able to plan your event accordingly.  Continue reading